(ThePatriotSource.com)- On the same week that President Donald Trump brokered one of the most historic peace deals in history, between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, the president of Taiwan also announced that relations between her county and the United States had “never been closer.”
President Tsai Ing-Wen said that the two nations have never worked more closely together during a speech she gave to the Hudson Institute on Wednesday. She discussed the threat that China poses to her country, and discussed her country’s fight to become a full democracy.
“Taiwan has become a full-fledged democracy,” she said. “Our 23 million people have the right to determine our own futures, which is antithesis to the position Beijing has taken.”
Tsai added that as a result, she must “ensure that cross-strait interactions to not jeopardize our freedoms, democracy, and way of life.
“The people of Taiwan expect nothing less from their democratically elected government,” she added.
The Taiwanese president also expressed how important it is for her country to defend itself against coercive actions, and described how they are building their military. By working with the country’s legislature, she said they have pushed through their biggest ever defense budget which amounted to around 2.3% of their GDP. Tsai also said that she expected the number to keep growing and that resources will continue to be spent on protecting themselves from authoritarians in China.
No matter how good their military is, however, she said that Taiwan “cannot stand alone without support from the community of like-minded democracies.”
“I am proud that the relationship between Taiwan and the U.S. has never been closer,” she added. “Across the board, we share a high degree of mutual trust and a common strategic picture of how we can work together to protect and preserve a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
President Tsai said she is pleased that her representative to the United States, Bi-khim Hsiao, has now arrived in Washington D.C. to begin work.
Before ending her speech, Tsai also committed to continuing cooperation with the United States in her second term.
Remember that she is talking about President Trump’s administration and willingness to work with her country here. The Democrats told us that Trump would cut America off from the world, but he’s had nothing but praise from many world leaders in the last four years…President Tsai just being one of them!